Pearl Hernandez , California.
04/06/13 Brenda Stokes Wilson, Nevada Facing the Death Penalty
02/28/2013 Angel Bryan, Texas Could face the Death Penalty.
10/18/12 Verna McClain, Texas Facing the Death Penalty.
03/01/13 Margie Morgan Kelley, Alabama
12/14/2012 Brianna Michael, Columbia
11/28/12 Perla Morales, Arizona
TRIAL DATE, set for February 2014.
11/22/12 Valerie Stenson, Anderson County, SC
Tina Brown , Florida SENTENCED TO DEATH September 2012
While co defendant Heather Lee got 25 years.
Jennifer Mee, FLORIDA- Could face the death penalty
Latest News: Trial set for May 2013
Michele Anderson, Washington
Carnation murder trial set for June 2013, faces the Death Penalty
Karla Porter, Maryland, could face the Death penalty. Questions remains if it now will be on the table as Maryland is going to abolish the Death penalty.
Chelsea Leah Richardson OFF DEATH ROW
02/22/2011 Emilia Carr , Florida sentenced to death
02/23/2011 Shawna Forde, Arizona sentenced to death.
02/24/2011 Angela McAnulty , first woman in decades to be sentenced to death in OREGON.
GAILE OWENS WAS RELEASED ON PAROLE FALL 2011, WE ARE VERY DELIGHTED ABOUT IT
7/11/2010 - YAH!!! And then some , Gaile Owens , TN is getting off Death Row. Her sentence is commuted to life, and could be eligible for parole in 2012. It is such a wonderful news. Congratulations to FRIENDSOFGAILE for making this happen and to all of you who helped out.
ROBIN LEE ROW , IDAHO REJECTED APPEAL:
August 2011 http://www.idahopress.com/news/state/judge-rejects-idaho-woman-s-death-penalty-appeal/article_eeb32b6a-9723-5bd3-902b-83b650298b25.html
SECOND FEMALE EXECUTION DATE OF 2010, Gaile Owens , TENNESSEE, commutation of Death sentence denied!!
4/29/2010 http://www.nashvillescene.com/nashville/gaile-owens-has-been-on-tennessees-death-row-for-25-years-for-setting-her-husbands-murder-in- motion-but-a-jury-never-heard-the-whole-story/Content?oid=1518362
FIRST FEMALE EXECUTION DATE OF 2010, Shonda Dee Walter , Pennsylvania slated for execution April 22!!!
1 April 2010 Ms Walter is granted a 120 day's stay of execution:
Rosalinda Gracia, Texas_ faces capital murder charges
News from Pennsylvania
6/8/2010 DEATH PENALTY WILL BE SOUGHT FOR 3 in this case http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10159/1063925-455.stm?cmpid=localstate.xml
Kara Garvin of Ohio, escaped the death penalty, got life.
Her family and her lawyer believes she is innocent
http://www.wsaz.com/newsohio/headlines/37346734.html Kara !
Kimberly Saenz case, Texas
As far as we can tell, the death penalty will be sought in this case trial expected to start in October 2010
Casey Anthony case, here you will find recent update on her case and you can follow it from the beginning.
trial expected to begin in June
Teresa Lewis , Death Row Virginia.
Executed 23 September 2010. First woman to be executed in VA, in nearly 100 years. Nationwide the first woman in 5 years. Her execution drew attention internationally.
John Grisham; Author and Lawyer spoke up: http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/new-voices-john-grisham-asks-why-teresa-lewis-death-row
CBS News: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-20016951-504083.html
Aftenposten , Norway: http://www.aftenposten.no/nyheter/uriks/article3816546.ece
The Guardian, United Kingdom:: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/sep/20/iran-criticises-us-double-standards
EL PAIS , SPAIN: http://www.elpais.com/articulo/internacional/EE/UU/ejecuta/primera/mujer/anos/elpepuint/20100923elpepuint_12/Tes
7/29/2010 http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128847013 http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-20001022-504083.html
Asuncion Avila Villa of Ohio faces the death penalty
SECOND FEMALE DEATH SENTENCE OF 2010, ALSO IN CALIFORNIA
Brooke Marie Rottiers
Tanya Nelson of California faces the death penalty.
FIRST FEMALE DEATH SENTENCE OF 2010- The Death sentence is now confirmed.
4/23/2010 - http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/04/woman-sentenced-to-death-in-killing-of-a-westminster-fortuneteller-and-her- daughter.html
3/26/2010 - SENTENCE Expected today. The jury has already recommended death, the judge is expected to rule today
Jury voted on Tuesday 2 March for Tanya Nelson to be sentenced to Death : http://www.ocregister.com/news/nelson-237118-jury-fortune.html
Found guilty 2/17/2010, and faces the death penalty. http://articles.latimes.com/2010/feb/17/local/la-me-fortune-teller17-2010feb17
In comparison; Ann Butler of Florida
Case stays in Marullo's courtroom
Suzanne Basso, Tx Death Row
Application for COA denied: http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/09/09-70012.0.wpd.pdf
Lisa Coleman, TX Death Row Loses appeal
Her fate in Governor Bredesen's hands http://www.tennessean.com/article/20100228/OPINION02/100226028/1008/OPINION01/Battered%20woman
Asks Supreme Court for mercy: http://www.wsmv.com/news/22585194/detail.html
UPDATE ON GAILE OWENS; She is at the end of her rouad and in up to 4 weeks now, we will either see a commutation of her death sentence or a date of execution will be set: http://www.newschannel5.com/Global/story.asp?S=11967869 .
Gail Owens' attorneys ask Supreme Court to take her off Death Row
State requests execution date for Gail Owens
Would be first woman to be executed in Tennessee
BY KATE HOWARD ? THE TENNESSEAN ? DECEMBER 8, 2009
The state attorney general's office has asked the Tennessee Supreme
Court to set an execution date for one of the two women on Death Row.
Gail Owens was convicted in 1986 of accessory before the fact of
first-degree murder for having her husband murdered in West
Tennessee. Ronald Owens was beaten to death, and Sidney Porterfield
was convicted of carrying out the hit for Gaile Owens. Porterfield is
also on Death Row.
Owens' appeals have been exhausted, and the U.S. Supreme Court denied
her request for a re-hearing on Nov. 30. The state requested today
that a date be set for her execution.
Owens, 57, was the first woman sentenced to death under Tennessee's
1977 death penalty law.
Another woman, Christa Pike, is also on Death Row for killing fellow
Job Corps worker Colleen Slemmer in 1995.
There have been seven executions held in Tennessee since 2000, the
most recent held last week. Cecil C. Johnson, Jr., was executed by
lethal injection for the 1980 murders of three people during a robbery.
Iowa woman with federal death sentence fights case
By MELANIE S. WELTE
Associated Press Writer
2:33 p.m. CDT, October 19, 2009
DES MOINES, Iowa - The first woman given a federal death sentence
since the Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976 has
challenged her conviction and sentence, her attorneys claiming she
was incompetent and had ineffective lawyers.
Angela Johnson, of Forest City, was convicted in federal court in
2005 in the 1993 drug-related slayings of three adults and two
children in northern Iowa. She was sentenced to death in four of the
killings and given a life sentence for the fifth. The victims were
found buried in shallow graves in 2000.
Johnson filed a petition on Oct. 5 in U.S. District Court in Sioux
City for post-conviction relief, a constitutional challenge. It
followed a Supreme Court rejection of an appeal by Johnson last year,
and the high court gave her a year to file the petition.
The Department of Justice will not schedule an execution date until
she has exhausted her potential challenges.
Johnson was the first woman sentenced to death after the federal
government began seeking capital punishment in 1988, 12 years after
the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. Iowa doesn't
have a death penalty.
A telephone call Monday to Johnson's lead attorney, Michael Lawlor,
of Greenbelt, Md., was not immediately returned.
In a 164-page petition, her attorneys cite a dozen arguments,
including ineffective counsel. The petition states that her attorneys
didn't adequately investigate the facts of the case and made other
fatal mistakes "in the most important mission a lawyer is ever called
upon to undertake, the effort to save his client's life."
Johnson's attorneys also argue she was tried while she was
incompetent in violation of her constitutional rights. They claimed
she suffered from brain damage, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic
stress disorder and methamphetamine addiction. They also note that
she had attempted suicide.
According to the petition, she was overly and incorrectly medicated
to manage her mental health issues and unable to participate in her
trial, during which she "struggled to stay awake, ate candy, and drew
Federal prosecutors have not filed a response to the petition,
according to online court records. A telephone call on Monday to the
U.S. attorney's office seeking comment was not immediately returned.
Johnson's boyfriend, Dustin Honken, also was convicted in the
killings in 2004, and received a federal death sentence. His appeal
The case centered on the killing of two federal drug informants who
once peddled meth produced by Honken. One of the informants Greg
Nicholson disappeared in June 1993 along with his girlfriend, Lori
Duncan and her two daughters, Kandace Duncan, 10, and Amber Duncan,
6. All were from Mason City.
The other informant, Terry DeGues, of Britt, disappeared months later.
Their bodies were found in two graves outside of Mason City after
Johnson gave information about the location to a jailhouse informant.
The federal government has not executed a woman since Bonnie Brown
Heady, convicted for the kidnapping and murder of 6-year-old Bobby
Greenlease in December 1953 in Missouri.
In June 1953, Ethel Rosenberg was electrocuted in New York after
being found guilty of espionage.
http://www.chicagot ribune.com/ news/chi- ap-ia-drugslayin gs-john,
Debra Jean Milke- Will she finally see freedom?
October 18, 2009
Woman on Death Row May Get New Trial
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
PHOENIX (AP) ? Debra Jean Milke has been sitting on Arizona?s death
row for nearly 20 years, largely because a police detective said she
confessed to plotting her 4-year-old son?s murder.
Now Ms. Milke could get a new trial, and even her freedom, because
the detective skipped one of the most basic steps when officers
interview suspects ? getting them to sign a Miranda waiver, giving up
their right to remain silent.
?You know, I have never seen a case where there has been no signed
Miranda waiver,? said Judge Alex Kozinski of the United States Court
of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, at a hearing on
the case in August 2008.
?I don?t know any place in the civilized world in the last 30 years,?
he added, ?where a state has found a waiver of constitutional rights
without a signed waiver.?
Last month, Judge Kozinski and two other judges on the appeals court
found that no evidence existed proving that Ms. Milke, 45,
?voluntarily, knowingly and intelligently waived her rights? in the
police interview in 1989. The judges ordered Judge Robert C.
Broomfield of Federal District Court in Phoenix to conduct a hearing
on that point and issue his findings by the end of November.
The burden falls on prosecutors to prove that Ms. Milke waived her
right to remain silent. If they cannot do so and Judge Broomfield
finds that she never did, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
could order a new trial ? only this time Ms. Milke?s alleged
confession, the centerpiece of her conviction, would be inadmissible.
Prosecutors say Ms. Milke dressed her son Christopher in his favorite
outfit and told him he was going to see Santa in December 1989. He
was taken into the desert by two men, they say, and was shot three
times in the back of the head.
James L. Styers, Ms. Milke?s live-in boyfriend, and his friend Roger
M. Scott were sentenced to death in the killing, although their cases
are under review.
A Phoenix police detective, Armando Saldate, said Ms. Milke confessed
to plotting the boy?s death in an unrecorded conversation while they
were alone, making what happened in the interview room a case of he
said, she said. Ms. Milke was convicted of ordering Christopher?s
death to claim a share of a $5,000 life insurance policy she had
taken out on him.
A voice-mail box for Mr. Saldate, who is now a Maricopa County
constable, was full and could not accept messages.
Ms. Milke, who is being held in the state prison in Perryville,
declined a request to be interviewed by The Associated Press. She and
Mr. Saldate are expected to testify at a Nov. 16 hearing in Judge
Broomfield?s courtroom, unless the appeals court grants a defense
request for more time.
Ms. Milke?s lawyer, Michael Kimerer, said his client maintained her
innocence and was a loving mother who still grieves her son?s death.
?Our main concern is the fact that I have a client that never
confessed and a police detective who said she gave a confession,? Mr.
Kimerer said. ?There was no tape recorder, no witnesses, nothing.
Just his word.?
Richard Dieter, executive director of the nonprofit Death Penalty
Information Center in Washington, said it was odd that the Miranda
issue was only now coming to the forefront of the case. ?It?s kind of
Criminal Justice 101,? Mr. Dieter said. ?This is one of the first
things you would check at trial or on the first appeal.?
He said that if it was true that Ms. Milke was denied basic
constitutional rights but ended up being put to death, the case could
become a prime example of how the death penalty could be problematic.
Ms. Milke is one of two women on death row in Arizona and 53
nationwide, compared with 3,244 men over all, according to the Death
Penalty Information Center.
Woman appealing Fla. death sentence
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Oct 6, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The only woman on Florida's death row is
appealing the sentence she received for the murders of a Jacksonville
couple who were buried alive.
The Florida Supreme Court set aside up to an hour Tuesday to hear
arguments in the case of Tiffany Ann Cole, 27.
She was sentenced to die for her role in the 2005 murders of James
and Carol Sumner after the couple had been robbed of jewelry and cash.
The victims were kidnapped at gunpoint and driven to their graves in
Georgia in the trunk of their car.
Two men also have been sentenced to death in the case and a third is
serving a 45-year prison term.
http://www.miamiher ald.com/news/ florida/AP/ story/1268691. html
Valerie S Friend
September 25, 2009
WVa woman's retrial on track in death penalty case
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia woman will have her retrial
as scheduled next month on federal charges that carry the death penalty.
U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver has denied a request by Valerie
Friend to postpone her Oct. 27 retrial in a case arising from the
2005 murder of a drug informant.
A 2007 jury found that Friend helped kill 33-year-old Carla Collins,
and that co-defendant George Lecco ordered the murder to protect
their Mingo County drug ring.
Copenhaver threw out those verdicts in May because of a juror's
misconduct. He granted them separate retrials earlier this month,
after learning that each blames the other for the killing.
Lecco's retrial has not been set. Both still face charges punishable
by death, and remain jailed.
http://wvgazette. com/ap/ApTopStor ies/200909250648
Woman Spared Death In Husband's Murder
Body Of Local Art Dealer Found Dismembered In 2004
POSTED: 5:10 pm MST September 30, 2009
UPDATED: 12:02 am MST October 1, 2009
PHOENIX -- A jury decided Wednesday that a woman will be sentenced to
life in prison for the 2004 death of her husband, a Phoenix art
dealer whose body was dismembered.
Marjorie Orbin was convicted Sept. 14 of first-degree murder, two
counts of fraud and two counts of theft after an eight-month trial in
Maricopa County Superior Court.
Since jurors ruled against the death penalty, a judge now has to
decide whether the 47-year-old Orbin will be sentenced to natural
life in prison or be eligible for parole.
Prosecutors say 45-year-old Jay Orbin's torso was discovered stuffed
in a 50-gallon rubber container left in the north Phoenix desert in
October 2004 but his arms, legs, head and shoulders were never found.
Authorities say they believe Jay Orbin was killed on Sept. 8, 2004,
after he returned from a long road trip to Florida.
Investigators say surveillance video showed Marjorie Orbin buying two
of the 50-gallon containers. She was indicted in the case in December
http://www.kpho. com/news/ 21165776/ detail.html